Applying for the Taiwan Employment Gold Card is not a difficult task. Filling out and submitting the online form takes around 15-minutes, if you have all the necessary documents prepared. Therefore, before filling out the application form, read the qualification section carefully and prepare all your required documents. Once you are ready, follow with this step-by-step guide that will lead you through the process.
STEP 1: Online Application
- Please visit the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform website and create an account. Use the login details to login into the portal. Your English name needs to be consistent with the name on the passport you are using to enter Taiwan.
Basic Data / Passport Data
- After entering the application page, please fill out your information. All fields with an asterisk are mandatory. Please make sure that your English name is the same as the name on the passport used to enter Taiwan.
- You can save the filled out information at any time, come back to it later, and change before submitting.
- Choose the validity period for the Taiwan Employment Gold Card. There are different validation periods: One, Two, or Three years. Please choose according to your needs. The price of the application varies depending on the validity period of the card.
- If you don’t have any specific plans, we recommend choosing a longer validity period. If you want to extend at the end of your validity period, you will have to submit another application. Extensions are not possible.
- Please choose the preferred location for collecting your Gold Card. If you are in Taiwan, please select your nearest National Immigration Agency Service Center. If you are abroad, select the nearest ROC agency.
- The ROC overseas mission Gold Card can take up to 21-working days before arriving at the overseas missions. Due to the pandemic, the Gold Card applications have suddenly skyrocketed. If there are no edits and additional documents needed the process right now will take up to 60 days to review.
- Additionally, we recommend choosing the pick-up location of the actual Gold Card in Taiwan, as many overseas offices are closed due to the pandemic. If you wish to come to Taiwan as soon as possible while abroad, please choose to pick up the Gold Card in Taiwan. You may enter the country with a Resident Authorization and collect the card after you arrive. For detailed instructions on how to pick up your Gold Card, please refer to Step 3.
- If you currently don’t have a work address, you can temporarily leave it out during the application and review stage. You may leave your Taiwan relative/friend’s resident address if you have no residence address. However, you must provide a residential address within 30 days of arriving in Taiwan. Note 1
- Please select the industry that you want to apply under and attach all relevant supporting documents. Click save after double-checking and uploading the files.
- After you submit your application, changing the industry will be difficult and it will take longer to process review your application.
- After you have successfully registered, login and select “Employment Gold Card Application” in the “Online Application” menu. Then select your nationality and if you are applying from Taiwan or abroad.
- You may apply for the Taiwan Employment Gold Card if you hold a foreign passport, or a ROC passport without household registration (NWHOR). ROC nationals with a household registration or National ID card are not eligible to apply. If you hold a Taiwan NWHOR passport, when applying domestically, you must have entered with your foreign passport and not Taiwan NWHOR passport or your application will be rejected.
- If you are currently on a working holiday visa or a student visa for Chinese learning purposes, you cannot directly transfer to a Taiwan Employment Gold Card. You will need to re-enter the country before applying, or will need to apply from abroad.
- If you enter Taiwan under visiting visa with remark of “no extension will be granted”, you will need to submit application abroad or re-enter Taiwan with other visa.
- If you are applying from abroad or are in Taiwan on a visitor-visa, visa-free, or a non-extendable visa, your passport needs to be inspected. An extra page will appear during the application process, where you can choose the location for your passport inspection. If you are in Taiwan, please go to the Bureau of Consular Affairs (Central, Southern, Eastern, Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan branches).
- The application can take over 60 business days assuming you have all the proper documentation submitted. If you hold a 60-days visa or are visa-free, or you cannot obtain the Taiwan Employment Gold Card within the time limit, you will still need to leave the country and re-enter.
Please upload a color copy of your passport, and a color photo (White background) of you according to the specifications on this page. Note 2
Use the automatic photo cropping tool if you are unsure.
Attach all relevant supporting documents. Documents need to correspond with the requirements based on the qualification you choose to apply. Note 3
If the provided documents are not in English or Chinese, please attach a translation to English or Chinese. If your documents are issued by the following countries/regions, additional verification is needed:
- Applicants from Hong Kong and Macau may need to supply copies of resident and identity information.
- Documents issued in the Mainland area have to be attested and examined by the institutions instituted or appointed by the Executive Yuan, or non-governmental organizations entrusted by the Executive Yuan (Strait Exchange Foundation) following the rule in Article 7 of “Act Governing Relations between Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.” Please click HERE for more information.
- An overseas ROC representative office must verify documents from the following countries/regions: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bengal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
- After the online application is complete, the system will send an e-mail with a 12-digit application number. Please be sure to remember this reference number as it is needed if you contact the help desk.
- Please login to the platform again with your account and password and enter the “Online Payment” tab.
- Please pay according to the instructions. Payment is only possible with an international credit card, but if you are in Taiwan, you can print out the payment slip and pay at a convenience store.
- Domestic Applicants
- Overseas Applicants
- Holders of valid Alien Resident Certificates or other Certificates functioning as alien resident certificates can apply for an Employment Gold Card: one-year validity, NT$1,500; two-year validity, NT$2,500;three-year validity, NT$3,500.
- After completing the application, you will get a confirmation via e-mail from the platform. Your application has now entered the review process.
- To check your application, log in to the portal, click “Application Progress Inquiry”, and fill in your 12-digit application number. The application fee is nonrefundable regardless of the results of your application.
STEP 2: Passport Check
For overseas applications, or if you have entered Taiwan but have a visa with a limited stay period and cannot be extended or visa-free, your passport will have to be inspected by the Bureau of Consular Affairs or an ROC overseas mission/office.
Hong Kong/Macao applicants are not required to have their passport inspected by the Bureau of Consular Affairs or an ROC overseas mission/office.
- When your application is approved and has passed the qualification review, you will receive an e-mail notification to bring your passport for passport inspection. At this point, please bring your original passport to your chosen Bureau of Consular Affairs or ROC mission/office.
- After verification, you will receive an e-mail stating your passport has been inspected and the gold card application was approved. Under normal circumstances, this process should take a week. Note 4
STEP 3: Receiving your Gold Card
After your application has been approved, you will receive an e-mail notifying you to collect your Gold Card. Please bring your original passport and relevant documents to your selected location for picking up your Gold Card. If you can not to pick it up in person, you can ask a friend or agent. In that case, you need to provide them with a power of attorney form.
- Please go to the “Download” area on the online application platform and print out the “Payment Electronic Receipt” and take the receipt and your original passport to the previously chosen National Immigration Agency Service Center to pick-up your card.
Receiving your Gold Card after entry
- Please go to the “Download” area on the application platform to print out the “Republic of China Employment Gold Card Overseas Approval Certificate.” You can enter Taiwan with this certificate. Within 30 days of the day after you enter Taiwan, you must bring this certificate and the original passport to the previously designated National Immigration Agency Service Center to pick up the Gold Card.
Receiving your Gold Card abroad
- Please go to the “download” area on the application platform to print out the “Republic of China Employment Gold Card Overseas Approval Certificate.” Take the receipt and your passport to the previously designated ROC mission/office.
- It can take over 21 working days to deliver a Gold Card to an overseas ROC mission/office. The mission/office will notify you to pick up your Gold Card. If the Gold Card is not collected within three months, the mission/office will send it back to the National Immigration Agency in Taiwan.
Submitting Additional Documents & Rejection
The review process after you complete the online payment officially begins. As the Taiwan Employment Gold Card is a combination of four different certificates, authorities from different departments will review your application. The National Immigration Agency conducts the first step of the review process then passes it to the Ministry of Labor. Here they will consult with your relevant Ministry and check your qualifications. The final stop is the Bureau of Consular Affairs for the last visa review.
If you submit incomplete or inaccurate information, or the authorities require more information about your qualifications, you will need to submit additional documents for review. Failing to do so can result in your application being rejected.
Please take the time to check which visa you have entered the country with, and choose the right visa category as this cannot be changed later, e.g., Visa-free, Student visa, visitor visa, etc.
No supporting documents for your application qualifications
Incorrect documents (e.g. No official tax statements)
Documents are not in English or Chinese.
Documents are from certain countries/regions but not verified.
- Mainland China, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.
- If your documents cannot prove that you are meeting the requirements, you will be asked to submit more documents. If you are not able to submit sufficient documents, your application will be rejected.
If you need to change information or provide more supporting documents, you have 30-days to do so. However, if your documents are only available abroad, you have a 6-months to provide them. Your application will be rejected if you cannot submit them in time.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Some overseas missions might be temporarily closed or working remotely. Please contact their office and see if passport inspections can be accepted via post.
Domestic applications require a resident address when applying. When entering the Taiwanese address in Chinese, only Chinese symbols and Arabic numerals can be used, no English letters allowed.
- Incorrect：台北市中正區寶慶路No. 3, 2F
- If your birthplace is in Mainland China, the National Immigration Agency will require you to upload the following documents:
Upload the passport to prove you’ve been to foreign countries over four years; for example, present every page of the passport to prove the duration of your stay.
Make an entry list along with your passport pages to show that each time you go back to China, Macau, and Hong Kong is within 30 days in these four years. (dates and entry stamps are required.)
If you choose to apply as a Hong Kong citizen, you will be required to give up your other citizenship. You must give up your foreign citizenship according to Article 4 of Laws and Regulations Regarding Hong Kong & Macao Affairs, the “Hong Kong Residents” as used herein refers to persons who qualify for permanent residency in Hong Kong and who do not hold a travel document other than a British (Overseas) passport or a Hong Kong passport. However, if you apply as a foreign citizen, you would only have to sign an affidavit stating that you will only use the designated passport you chose to enter Taiwan.
Hong Kong and Macao applicants must download the “Hong Kong or Macao Resident Confirmation Document” and the “Residence Declaration Form for Hong Kong and Macao Residents”. Signatures must be in Chinese. Please refer to the links to download the necessary documents: 香港或澳門居民身分確認書.pdf 、 香港澳門居民申請居留定居申報書.pdf
Hong Kong and Macao applicants who were born in Mainland China must upload one of the following documents:
- A certificate of non-household registration in Mainland China verified by the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).
- Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau Residents (Home Return Permit)
- The notarized certificate of cancellation of Mainland China household registration verified by the SEF.
- The uploaded passport copy must be the same as the passport used for the visa application.
- Provide and upload supporting documentation as closely as possible with the proposed specifications to ensure a speedy application. If you are required to send in more supporting documents, the processing time can extend by many weeks to over a month.
- The passport inspection location can be changed on the online platform before the approval of the Workforce Development Agency. After you have received an email notification of Passport Inspection Notification, you can no longer make changes online. Please contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) at firstname.lastname@example.org to make any changes. The pick-up location can be changed on the online platform before the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) finishes reviewing your application. After you pass the WDA review, you can no longer change the pick-up location.
- If you send your passport via post to an overseas mission/office, please make sure you don’t have to use your passport within a month.
- If you have applied for the Gold Card domestically, you must get your passport inspected at Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) in Taiwan and collect your Gold Card at National Immigration Agency. You cannot change the passport inspection location and pick up location to overseas.
- If you need to leave Taiwan before you get your passport inspected, you must apply for another visa to enter Taiwan and have your passport inspected at BOCA in Taiwan.